Applications are now being sought for grants from the Aberdeenshire Council Buchan Area Committee budget grant scheme. £66,000 will be divided into two funds for community projects that can demonstrate wide community benefit are sustainable and can enhance their local area.
£30,000 is available for small projects and grants of up to £4,000 can be applied for where the work has been identified and prioritized by the community through a robust community consultation process.
The scheme encourages applications from projects that will encourage youth skills development and engagement initiatives and can also cover transport costs.
£36,000 will be set aside for one or two larger capital projects which contribute to social or physical regeneration within the Buchan area. It is envisaged that such projects would provide benefit at an area level and leverage or match funding should be significant.
The Development Officer of Buchan Development Partners said ‘In the past, this fund has assisted community groups and social enterprises benefit their areas and villages and has helped them to develop strong projects, improve their long-term sustainability and increase their impact in the community.’
It is hoped that this Fund will assist community groups find a sustainable way forward in light of the present economic climate.
For eligibility, groups should be constituted and be able to provide financial records.
The closing date for the first round of applications is 31st May.
Buchan Development Partnership can provide guidance for potential projects and it is strongly recommended that groups discuss their project with them before applying. For an application form contact email@example.com or phone 01771 613666
Community Action Plans
A number of Communities in Buchan have developed Community Action Plans
- Community Action Surveys bring together local communities over a period of time, using locally employed people to gather information on the issues and concerns in the locality.
- Community Action Plans are developed by communities following a community engagement exercise, usually following an exercise called Planning for Real. During the Planning for Real process communities are consulted on what they would like to see in their community using a 3 dimensional representation of the settlement and the opportunity to add comments. The outcome of this process is a Community Action Plan that details that particular communities’ priorities for the years ahead. These priorities can then be reflected in the Area’s Local Community Plan and reflected within Aberdeenshire’s SOA, where appropriate.